I would like to share some thoughts after the recent US Open, with you and have all of your views on that
1. The standard and the competition among players in the range 5-20 seeds has improved compared to say 5 years back. The pool of talent is bigger, with good players coming from China, India Israel. This is definitely good for tennis, and signifies it globalization.
2. However, the standard of the very top players, say top 5, seem to be less than say at 2001. Other than Serena, Venus and and Henin, I do not see any other players, who can be called great (legends) rather than very good (in this latter category falls Masha, Ana, Anna, Jelena). However, in 2001-02, other than the top form W's sisters, we had Hingis, Lindsay, Jennifer. The SF-s and finals at that time were of much higher quality than I have seen throughout this year (other than a few exceptions like V-Juju SF).
Henin seemed mentally and physically tired after defeating the two W's and was not at her best in the final, yet it was pathetically easy for her. Sveta was simply no match. I doubt if the same had happened if she had to come up against a Lindsay, Jennifer or Hingis of 2000 form.
Last time a player beat the two sisters was Hingis in AO 2001, but then she was beaten by Jennifer in 3 sets in the final. I would have expected the same would have happened to Juju, if she had faced similar competition. That is, I contend, Juju was successful where Martina of 2001 failed not because she is a better player than Martina AO 2001, but rather that she faced less competition than Martina AO 2001. If she was up against another player of Vee-Rena's class in the final, she would have lost (like Hingis did in AO 2001).
However, IMO, I have watched very well only from the QF-s of the other slams, only the USOpen I have watched from First Round. Maybe you guys who have watched more will disagree.
I just saw less qaulity tennis in the SF-s and finals this year than i used to see in 20002-2001, and hence this observation.
Comments please guys